TIPS FOR THE VEGGIE GARDEN
Now is the time to plant garlic. We could write detailed instructions on how to do this, but we've already gone to the effort of making a video which will do an even better job of illustrating.
There's another gift which arrives in September - finished compost. Now is the time to clear out the composter and apply it directly to the surface of the vegetable garden. There is no need to dig it in, as the existing worms in the soil are happy to do that work for you - and it is better for the soil to minimize disturbance.
Cover cropping is another way to give back to your garden at this time of year, and when it has been so generous to you how can you not feel compelled to give back? A cover crop can reduce soil erosion, loosen compacted soil, and suppress weeds, all while building organic matter in the soil and adding nutrients.
Annual Rye Grass germinates quickly, which will help keep weeds down and prevent erosion while adding biomass back to the soil, and Red Clover will also produce a decent amount of biomass while fixing Nitrogen from the air as an added bonus (like all legumes).
PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE
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